An appreciation of how the skin ages be helpful in averting or at least delaying facial cosmetic surgery. Numerous bio-chemical changes beyond our control take place in the skin early in adult life. When we are young, our skin can resist tugging and can quickly tighten up again every time we smile, frown, squint or lose even a considerable amount of weight. However, the effect of this stress is cumulative, and after a number of years facial lines become evident.
Many factors can hasten the skin’s decline. Our elastic and collagen fibers along with connective tissues hold the skin to underlying tissues, allowing the skin to stretch and spring back. Over the years our skin becomes much like old rubber bands that can no longer spring back as well as they once did. At the same time, there is a decline in the flow of blood that nourishes the skin.
As you have undoubtedly heard before, prolonged exposure to the sun is bad for the skin, causing a weathered, wrinkled appearance. Too much sun will dry the top layer of the skin cause damage to deeper levels, attacking the tissues that support the skin and elastic tissues that maintain its tone. When the tissues are damaged they literally break apart, allowing the stretching and sagging that result in premature wrinkles.
Excess intake of alcohol destroys the skin’s elastic collagen, fibers and fat cells. In addition to internal damage, many alcohol abusers suffer from vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. This combination is enough to erase any beauty the skin once possessed.
Another major factor in premature skin aging is cigarette smoking; which diminishes blood flow to the skin. It also changes the fat padding under the skin’s surface, resulting in skin discoloration. Studies have shown yellow-gray pallor is frequently seen in heavy smokers, rather than a natural pink coloration. Smokers do acquire wrinkles at an earlier age; the habit is not only hazardous to health, but also hazardous to beauty.
Poor nutrition and lack of sleep and exercise will also contribute to skin deterioration. Once the damage has been done, it is irreversible, though amending bad health habits can certainly slow down the decline. The best treatment is, of course, prevention. Protect your skin – especially your face – from the sun. Use sun screen products on all exposed skin. If you use alcohol, do so in moderation. Stop smoking, eat well, and get adequate rest and exercise. You may not be able to stop the aging process – but the year’s passage will be less evident on the face.
You may, at some time, decide to join the half-million patients who helped erase the effects of time on their faces last year through cosmetic surgery. Surgery can improve and balance your features while it helps correct the signs of aging.